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July 17, 2013 - Superfruits — fruits that are exceptionally rich in vitamins and antioxidants — are popular ingredients in a variety of healthy foods.
Black Lace elderberry can beautify the landscape and provide bumper crops of nutritious fruits.
Fortunately, although “superfruit” connotes something rare and exotic, a surprising number of these plants, including aronia, elderberry and goji berry, are hardy shrubs that can be grown right in your backyard. They’re easy to grow and require no spraying or complicated pruning and produce pound after pound of juicy, nutritious fruit every year.
Aronia is a large shrub native to eastern North America. With showy white flowers in spring and blazing red leaves in autumn, it makes an excellent choice for landscaping around your home. Large clusters of glossy black berries ripen in late summer, making aronia a standout in the kitchen as well as the garden.
The fruits are sometimes known as chokeberries because of their very sour flavor but they can be sweetened and used in juice, jam, desserts, even wine, which makes it even easier to savor their high levels of antioxidants and vitamins. In fact, they’ve been enjoyed in Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and Russia for decades.
Sweet Lifeberry goji produces antioxidant-packed berries of exceptional vigor, flavor and size.
Aronia tolerates winter temperatures as low as minus 40 degrees F, and does best when planted where it will get at least six hours of sun each day.
Elderberry is another North American native shrub that you can count on to beautify the landscape and provide bumper crops of nutritious fruits.
Varieties that have been selected for ornamental foliage are especially useful for home gardeners, as they are even more attractive than plain green wild types.
Black Lace, which was developed in England, where elderberry flowers and berries are eaten regularly, has delicate, lacy foliage in a dramatic near-black color.
Black Beauty has bigger, bolder foliage but the same dark purple-black color. Both offer large pink flowers that give way to small black berries that are very high in vitamin C; research suggests they can be effective in minimizing flu symptoms.
Elderberry plants don’t mind cold weather, surviving through temperatures of minus 25 degrees F, and they can grow well even in partial shade — up to four hours a day. For the most abundant elderberry harvest, you should put at least two plants in your garden.
Goji berries are antioxidant-packed and sell for high prices at health food stores but they’re actually easy-to-grow shrubs. Also known as wolfberry, the rich purple flowers appear in early summer and are followed by gleaming red berries. The plants produce fruit continuously until autumn and never need spraying or special attention.
Though goji has been popular in China for many centuries, specially selected varieties have only recently become available in North America. These include Sweet Lifeberry and Big Lifeberry goji.
Goji berries can tolerate temperatures as low as minus 20 degrees F. They need to be grown in a sunny spot but they’re not fussy about soil and need little water or fertilizer once they’re established. They can be planted in the ground or grown in a large pot on a deck or patio.
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